Ground breaking for the first official I-69 project in Arkansas is scheduled for November 9  at 11 a.m. where the corridor crosses Arkansas 35, southeast of Monticello. The ground-breaking site is three miles southeast of the U.S. 278 East and Arkansas 35 intersection, east of Monticello.

Arkansas Highway Commission chairman Madison Murphy, Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department director Scott Bennett, U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, and Monticello Mayor Allen Maxwell are expected to speak at the groundbreaking ceremony, according to a news release from the Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition.